Besides, he had received lifetime achievement Award in France, Japan and Pakistan.
A Grammy nomination was announced for Nusrat in 1997 in the traditional folk category for his album 'Intoxicated
Nusrat had signed to American Recordings in the United States in 1996, which was soon followed by his first
North American tour, in which he performed to celebrity-packed shows wherever he went.
Nusrat and Peter Gabriel worked together at the VH1 Honors concert; the song was 'In your eyes'.
Nusrat's Qawwalis had mesmerized Peter Gabriel so much so that the latter had invited him to work with 'WOMAD'
on various assignments, including work on an album, numerous festival appearances and releases on the Virgin/Real world records
label, recorded in England.
The first one, 'Shahenshah' was appropriately named after Nusrat's Pakistani title 'Shahenshah-e- Qawwali'.
'Dum mustt Qalandar mustt' was Nusrat's and experimental composer, Michael Brook's joint venture in which
Nusrat endeavored to present a blend of east and west.
Another successive attempt of the title track by 'Massive Attack' resulted in a grand U.K. club hit.
From 1988 onwards, Peter Gabriel's real world label brought Nusrat to the forefront of international audience.
'Dust to Gold' which is comprised of the following four master-piece Qawwalis and which were recorded when
Nusrat's art was at its zenith:
'Khwaja tum he ho'
'Data teira darbar'
'Koi hai na hoga'
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was born on July 12, 1948, in Lyallpur, modern Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan, to a
renowned Qawwal family. Nusrat took keen interest in Qawwali since his childhood.
His father, Ustad Fateh Ali Khan and his uncle, Mubarak Ali Khan, were prominent Qawwals of their times.
In 1971, 23 year old Nusrat came in the lime-light, when he had a vision that he was performing at the shrine
of the reputable muslim scholar, Hazrat Khwaja Moin -Uddin Chishti, in Ajmer, India.
Nusrat's initial recordings were done in Pakistan in 1973 and many EMI (Pakistan) albums came out in the
voice of Nusrat and his uncle, Mubarak.
In the next two decades (1973-93) more than 50 albums were released, which were stamped with Nusrat's name
on innumerable Pakistani, British, American, European and Japanese labels.
Nusrat's major breakthrough came with the Real world label, which took his popularity to Europe and America.
I have yet to see a fan of Nusrat who is not moved by these lyrics:
'Tera naam loon zaban say
teiray Aagay sar jhuka doon
mera ishq keh raha hai
main tujhay Khuda
Nusrat died on Saturday, August 16, 1997 due to a cardiac arrest at a London hospital at the age of 49.
A befitting tribute to Nusrat by late Jeff Buckley:
'Part Buddha, part demon, part mad angel, his voice is velvet fire, simply incomparable'.
There had been Qawwals before Nusrat and there are Qawwals after him,
too, but there will never be another genius quite like Nusrat.